What are the Penalties for Truancy in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Nevada Revised Statute 392.040 requires children between 7 and 18 years of age to attend school. A Habitual Truant is one who has been declared a truant three or more times within one school year per Nevada State Law, (NRS 392.040).

Under Nevada Revised Statute 392.144, if a student has too many unexcused absences, his or her driver's license will be taken away for 30 days on first offense and 60 on second. If a student has yet to obtain a license and has numerous unexcused absences, that student won't be able to get one until the situation is rectified. Students will have to print a form available on the Department of Motor Vehicles' website which their respective schools will sign off on. Only then will they be able to obtain a license.

In the event a student has too many unexcused absences, a truancy officer will confiscate that student's license and mail it to the Department of Motor Vehicles. If a student breaks the rules a third time, he or she will have to become compliant and repeat all the steps needed to obtain a driver's license, including having a picture taken. If a student turns 18 years old during his or her ineligible period, that student will still not be able to obtain a license.

The parent or legal guardian of a pupil may request a hearing before a person designated by the board of trustees of the school district in which the pupil is enrolled to appeal the imposition of any administrative sanctions pursuant to this section. The person designated by the board of trustees shall, not later than 30 days after receipt of the request, hold a hearing to review the reason for the imposition of any administrative sanctions. Not later than 30 days after the hearing, the person designated by the board of trustees shall issue a written decision affirming, denying or modifying the decision to impose administrative sanctions and mail a copy of the decision to the parent or legal guardian of the pupil.

If you or your child has been charged with truancy, your rights need to be defended. Contact us for a legal consultation.

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).


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